Fracta. The People Bringing Artificial Intelligence
Leadership and Team
Previously, Takashi was the co-founder & CFO of SCHAFT Inc., the humanoid robotics venture which was awarded first prize at the 2013 U.S. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Robotics Challenge Trials. SCHAFT was acquired by Google in the same year.
Takashi was a visiting scholar at Stanford’s US-Asia Technology Management Center. Takashi has been published in the various articles including Bloomberg, The Economist and The Financial Times. Takashi holds a B.Eng. degree in applied physics from Waseda University and a MBA from the Australian National University.
Daichi is responsible for the development of Fracta’s condition assessment machine learning algorithm and geo-processing software used to predict future water pipe breaks.
Previously, Daichi was a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence lab where he studied machine learning and robot intelligence.
Daichi graduated at the top of his class from the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a BS degree in Control and Systems Engineering and an MS degree in Mechano-Micro Engineering (the interdisciplinary study of mechanical, electrical, control engineering and computer science).
Doug is responsible for delivering revenue and market share for Fracta. He is also responsible for the marketing strategy, tactics and programs to create interest, demand and brand recognition of Fracta.
Doug brings 31 years of experience as a sales and marketing leader, management consultant, environmental regulatory specialist and civil/environmental engineer.
Doug earned a BS in Environmental Science and an MBA from Rutgers University. He earned an MS in Environmental Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Aya Ishikawa is the Chief People Officer at Fracta. She is responsible for creating and enhancing Fracta’s unique culture of passion, positive engagement and happiness with its employees globally. She oversees talent acquisition, talent development, HR operations, diversity, inclusion, HR policies and programs. She brings her experience working in three different continents – Asia, Europe and the US, to help design and develop a robust team that can drive Fracta’s global business expansion.Aya received a Bachelor’s degree in Policy Management and graduated at the top of the class from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.
Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Light, a camera company making beautiful photography more accessible than ever before. Prior to co-founding Light, Dave built and led businesses that have pioneered cutting-edge technology and transformed the mobile and consumer markets. Dave was previously CEO of Vlingo, the first natural language speech recognition service for mobile phones. Vlingo provided speech recognition for the first Siri app and built Samsung’s S-Voice product— the company was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2012.
Dave began his career in the US Marine Corps where he led a unit in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jordan Breslow is an effective and creative lawyer, collaborator and deal-maker, with over 35 years of experience guiding companies through complex, fast-moving environments.
Jordan has taught the Law of Social Enterprise at Berkeley Law School and NYU School of Law. He also taught Business Law at San Francisco State University undergraduate and graduate business programs. Jordan is a certified mediator.
Jordan graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University and earned his law degree at University of California Hastings College of Law.
Yoky Matsuoka grew up assuming she would become a professional tennis player, but instead earned a BS degree from UC Berkeley and a PhD from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science in the fields of artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience. Subsequently, she became a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, then the University of Washington, developing robotic devices for rehabilitating and assisting the human body and brain. This work led her to the MacArthur award and being named one of the Brilliant Ten by Popular Science magazine and one of the Top 10 Women to Watch in 2010 by Barbie. In late 2009, Ms. Matsuoka joined Google[x] as one of the three founding members before taking her position as vice president of technology at Nest. She was named CEO of a small startup, Quanttus, in 2015, and a year later joined Apple’s Health Group before returning to Nest in 2017.
Takashi Kato, Co-founder, President and CEO of Fracta Inc. earned worldwide acclaim when, as CFO of SCHAFT Inc., a company developing and manufacturing humanoid robots, was acquired by Google. This marked the first time a Japanese startup in the hardware space had ever been sold to a major U.S. tech company. This afforded Takashi the opportunity to embark on his biggest mission yet – solving some of the world’s greatest challenges through the application of Artificial Intelligence.
What separates Takashi Kato from so many others is his higher understanding of technology, business and people. In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, he firmly believes “all odds can be overcome when the right people are brought together.”
Takashi and Lars set out to assemble the sharpest minds in Artificial Intelligence, advanced mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science and geographical information systems. Their company, Fracta Inc., located in Silicon Valley, is a haven for some of today’s top thinkers in their respective fields.
“We soon realized that in-situ was not the path to advancing our mission. Instead, we saw that our collective strength allowed us to achieve something nobody else could. If we could digitize an entire infrastructure, we would then be able to create and apply artificial intelligence software to predict the likelihood of failure (LOF) with remarkable accuracy. In 2017, Fracta Inc. became an independent corporation. Our sole focus today is the asset management of aging infrastructures through the application of Artificial Intelligence.”
Kurita Water Industries, Ltd. strategically invested in Fracta, acquiring the majority of the shares of Fracta, Inc. but leaving the Fracta name and management intact.